Here’s how I’m dealing with Covid-19

How about you? Can I ask if this is a safe place to open up? Since I can’t hear your response, I will imagine you nodding “yes.” First, I’m a foreigner living in a Middle Eastern country. That’s curious enough and a surprise to me as well as it is to anyone who knows me. … Continue reading Here’s how I’m dealing with Covid-19

If good girls are bad girls that haven’t got caught…

Are you afraid of getting old? I’ve obsessed over my body my entire life. Until I found a very special kind of love. Here’s a photo of me at 9 years of age. I think that’s around the time I became aware of how important body image was to me. I never thought I was … Continue reading If good girls are bad girls that haven’t got caught…

What advice would you give to a want-to-be writer?

Writing is not something you choose to do. Writing chooses you. What you decide to do with your gift is up to you. I’ve always lived inside my head. I have a vivid imagination—not just for fiction but for living. I can picture myself on a plane to anywhere, anytime, even right this moment! I … Continue reading What advice would you give to a want-to-be writer?

If you play by the rules, you miss all the fun!

I LOVE that I am fearless and refuse to live my life the way society dictates. Every morning I find joy in my love of life that has led me to adventures beyond what I ever thought possible. Istanbul 2019 I woke up this morning and hit the yoga mat. I have immense gratitude that at 72 … Continue reading If you play by the rules, you miss all the fun!

Do you have any thoughts on Loneliness and Aging?

I believe that loneliness is a direct relation to self-love and self-worth. Let’s face the fact that aging is a subject that’s on every woman’s mind once she reaches the age of 30. Why is that? Why do we worry so much about getting older and being alone? I think it has to do with … Continue reading Do you have any thoughts on Loneliness and Aging?

Why did it hurt so much?

What was the most difficult thing you had to deal with after writing and publishing your personal story or memoir? To understand what I’m about to reveal, let me explain that in 2008 I was given 6 months to live! I was diagnosed with a heart condition that I didn’t know I had but the … Continue reading Why did it hurt so much?

How to be unforgettable

How did Toni Morrison influence your life? At this time in my life as I’ve allowed myself to fall in love again, I would say her words on love touch my soul in profound ways. Every great author and some who never achieve world-wide acclaim has affected our lives in a multitude of ways. Toni Morrison’s … Continue reading How to be unforgettable

How do you see the world around you?

I always find find photography to be an inspiration in my writing. I use places and people that I meet along my way to create characters and locations for my stories. My walk in Istanbul yesterday morning and the tram ride to Sultanahmet Square in the afternoon, are great examples. I'm currently working on Code … Continue reading How do you see the world around you?

Make something every day.

Seth Godin sent me to my blog! So here I am! Pick up your copy from best-selling author Seth Godin  "My work is to figure out how to share emotions and stories with people to turn lights on for them. And the part of it that scares me is wasting the privilege, wasting the leverage, … Continue reading Make something every day.

How important is Creativity in your career?

I love this message from Indra Nooyi, PepsiCo Chairman, in her fireside chat at Stanford Graduate School of Business. Enjoy the interchange between Ms. Nooyi and CEO Doug McMilon of Walmart. I think there are many important points you may take from their talk. There are a couple that got my attention. Part of this is … Continue reading How important is Creativity in your career?